When “Borrowing” Ideas Goes Wrong

Now, I’m all for a literary heist. I borrow ideas all the time, from all over, but I make it a point not to stop once the idea has been borrowed. After all, coming up with a “new and different” idea isn’t the same as coming up with a good one.

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How Writers Screw Up Tough Women

The amount of writers who unwittingly fall into this category drives me bananas. The worst part? A lot of it comes down to lazy and unimaginative writing.

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Setting Writing Goals To Maintain Creative Motivation

Here is the key to effectively setting goals: set small ones that are easy to accomplish. It sounds like a cop-out, yeah, but we are far less likely to follow through with (or even start) something that seems hard.

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Editing: A Truth About Cutting

What you are writing has nothing to do with you-the-writer and everything to do with the story you are telling. What you want only matters to the extent that the story wants it too.

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Creating Realistic Characters: Action, Love, and Hope

As it happens, these three things are also super relevant when it comes to developing your characters. And by developing your characters, I mean figuring what who the fuck your characters are, and what the fuck they’re doing.

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The Problem With Character Goals

Real people in real-life situations are not always driven through the manuscripts of their lives by a single, all-encompassing goal. So if your story doesn’t have one, don’t freak out just yet.

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Help! I’m Struggling With Momentum

Someone recently reached out with the issue of distraction and asked if I had any tips for just sitting down and writing. I did my best to answer.

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